The Trinity of Dance

Teacher Training

by Nicole Moscou

Each dancer has personal strengths and weaknesses. No dancer is the same. But I have found that they tend to be strongest in one of three categories:

 

Mind: the dancer who is attentive, good with memorizing choreography, good with theory and corrections, one who is prepared for class and excels at setting goals. 

 

Body: the dancer who gains strength and flexibility with more ease than others, to whom technique is not a fight with the body’s natural inclinations.

 

Spirit: the dancer who finds joy and expression in dance, is an excellent performer, has a great attitude and is a good friend to classmates. 

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Each of these categories has its positive parts, but if a dancer is MUCH stronger in just one category, and weaker in the others, their strengths come with oppositional weaknesses. 

 

A well-rounded dancer is able to cultivate all three aspects of the Trinity of Dance. Even if not all aspects come naturally, they are able to learn and grow and find great success. A good teacher learns how to get over their own inclinations, and makes sure to teach a class that grows well-rounded dancers, and not just copies of themselves.

 

It is a balancing act, but with practice, a teacher can run a class that helps ALL students grow and have a great experience in dance class. They great thing about well-rounded dancers: they all look DIFFERENT. And that’s what we want!

The Trinity of Dance Teacher Training will address how to bring this kind of mindset into dance class. This training is based on ballet, but the concepts can be applied to any dance style. I have also separated my ballet curriculum, so you can take just the teacher training and skip the curriculum if you’re not interested in teaching ballet, or you can dive deeper into the specifics of each level by taking the curriculum course as well.

 

The idea of this training is not to tell you exactly what to teach, but to give you the tools to create your own classes that make the most of the time you have with your students.

 

Each week addresses a different age / level group, and each week follows this format:

Day 1: General guidelines for the level, class format, focus. Overcoming common problems.

Day 2: How to apply different aspects of the Trinity of Dance in these levels.

Day 3: Example class and discussion / Q&A

Day 4: Separate ballet curriculum breakdown for those enrolled in this part.

 

The training includes a workbook where you can take notes and refer back to information.

The curriculum program also includes helpful worksheets, skill cards (when appropriate), and class prep helpers.

This training will be available both in person and online. Students may also do a mixture of both if that works best in their schedule.

Schedule and Pricing:

Week 1: Pre-school and Primary (Ages 2-7)- $125.00

August 8 and 9, 5:30-7:30pm. August 10, 6:30-8:30pm.

Week 2: Beginning and Intermediate (Ages 7+)- $125.00

August 15 and 16, 5:30-7:30pm. August 17, 6:30-8:30pm.

Week 3: Advanced and Pointe (Ages 11+)- $125.00

August 22, 23, 24, 6:00-8:00pm

*Special: Enroll in all three weeks for $300.00

*Curriculum add-on: On the Friday of each week, you can also learn the curriculum, including how to use skill cards and variations as appropriate for each level. We will go over each of the steps and options, as well as discuss choreography. This class will be from 5:00-8:00pm. The add on price is $100 per week.

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About Nicole Moscou:

 

Nicole began teaching pre-school ballet while she was still in high school. What started out as something fun she could do to earn a little money eventually became a full-fledged ballet studio that Nicole built from the ground up. The studio itself is now entering its 20th year in business.

 

Nicole believes in being a lifelong student, and has continued learning about dance and teaching and children in particular. Her teaching style and curriculum has been built from a variety of sources, experiences, and theories. She has attended ABT’s Teacher Training Workshop, has studied Progressing Ballet Technique, and does a lot of reading, studying, and taking classes whenever possible!

 

Many of Nicole’s students have gone on to dance in college programs, companies, and / or have begun teachers themselves!

 

She directs ten ballet levels in her studio. Some of the tools she enjoys using are: skill cards to track students’ progress, classical variations, conversations / lectures on important topics, and a variety of choreographic adventures and exercises.

 

She believes in giving an awesome experience to ALL the students, not only the highest levels or the best dancers. She believes that dance should be a healthy part of students’ lives, but that it should not take over their lives. She believes in giving them a rich education and experience that will bring beauty and joy to their lives. She wants to instill good character and knowledge that will aid them in their personal lives, as well as their dance lives.